Fiber Arts Friday

Last week I talked about possibly knitting Iced. I knew I would modify it, though. Well, after I posted last week, I started unraveling the old sweater for the yarn I wanted to use, I realized that this yarn was not close to that used in the pattern. I knew it was thinner yarn, but it’s actually drastically thinner. I forged ahead, but several things eventually brought me to a halt.

The gauge math was just too complicated for me with this much-lighter yarn. And when you add in modifications that wouldn’t be all that simple, well. I went back to the rabbit hole that is Pattern Search on Ravelry.

And after my second search, I found a sweater that seems a bit more simple to modify: DROPS 126-15 (Ravelry link). The sweater I eventually cast on for — after actually going through the painful photo-taking and measurements motions of the extremely useful Fit to Flatter (I’d read through the series as it was released earlier this year, but I’d delayed actual action until now) — will be sort of a hybrid between the Iced and the DROPS “jacket.”

Now I’m deep in the land of side-seam shaping vs. darts. And deciding how much ease I want at various points. The pockets I had thought I would add might be a bit more complicated if I use vertical darts.

In the meantime, I cast on (again) for my first toe-up sock, Rivulets (Ravelry link). It is Soctoberfest, after all. The again part? Well, I cast on for these earlier this month, but after getting through the foot I ripped it out, since my gauge wasn’t working. Now, using my 3rd needle size, I’m hoping it works out.

To see what other people have been working on, visit Wisdom Begins in Wonder‘s roundup of Fiber Arts Friday posts.

What projects have you been working on this week?

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10 responses to “Fiber Arts Friday

  1. The jacket looks beautiful. I love it. Can’t wait to see yours.

  2. You are so patient with all these multiple cast-ons! I tend to be the throw-it-in-a-pile-if-it-doesn’t-work-the-first-time type. 🙂

  3. Good luck with the sweater. Sounds like you’ll have a lot of mental energy in this project. I’m looking forward to seeing your finished sock.

  4. Ok, maybe it’s because I haven’t eaten all day and I’m sitting in my hotel room eating Chinese and drinking Wine but…all that gauge math just made my head swirl.

    Yikes! Don’t you hate when you love a yarn but it doesn’t love the pattern? I have a few of those too.

    I can’t wait to see your socks. A little secret between you, me and all of Blogger World…I’m casting on my first socks this week but not sure what to expect.

    Andrea

  5. Good luck with Socktoberfest! I can’t knit socks. No idea how to do that.

  6. Pingback: Fiber Arts Friday: Sock hunt « Word Lily

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